A busy first week back!

November 9, 2019 at 8:17 am

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Phonics

This week we have learnt trick word ‘go’ and the phonemes; u, r, h and b.

Maths

This week in maths we have been comparing quantities. We have discussed and used mathematical language such as: most, least, more, less and fewest. The children really enjoyed exploring the classrooms to discover how they can show this.

We also introduced Cuisenaire Rods for the children to explore. We found out which was the longest and the shorted and how many of one rod it takes to make another.

Firework Art!

The children have all been excited by the fireworks this week. We decided to let the children explore different ways for producing their own firework pictures.

Visiting the farm

Some children enjoyed visiting the farm this week. We went inside the chicken pen and touched a few! Well done to those children who managed it!

Snakes!

This week the children have show a real interest in snakes. We examined some real snake skin and watched a fact file video explaining the different species. The children then drew their own snakes by either copying a printed pattern or creating their own.

Homework

This week we have sent the children home with a communication book. Each week there will be a new task for you to complete with your child. We hope you will enjoy exploring some of the learning that has taken place in school.

Enjoy your weekend.

The Reception Team

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Nursery News

November 8, 2019 at 3:40 pm

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Autumn has arrived and children have been collecting conkers. We have been using them to do some printing using metallic paints. The children rolled the conkers in the paint and then took a print.

This week was Bonfire Night and we have been talking about fireworks. The children have been using a variety if media to create pictures. Some are displayed on the wall in Nursery. Have a look at some of the others…

String and brushes

Printing

Drawing

A few other things…

As you can see we have had another busy week!

Don’t forget that next Tuesday is our Open Evening. This is a drop in session to have a look around Nursery and chat to staff. We are here until 6 pm and hope to see lots of you.

Have a good weekend, from the Nursery team.

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Our First Trip!

October 25, 2019 at 8:14 pm

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The highlight of our week was our first school trip. All staff were very impressed with how well behaved the children were.

The children made a magic wand, created some natural art, made their own birds nest and decorated some delicious biscuits. We were lucky to have had such fantastic weather meaning we even managed to have our picnic outside.

We would all like to say a huge thank you to all of the parents who volunteered to help on our trip. We would not have been able to go without your support.

Phonics

This week in phonics we have introduced tricky work ‘the’ and the sounds ‘ck’ and ‘e’. The children now know all three ways of making the /c/ sound (c, k and ck)!

Maths

In Maths this week we have been comparing numbers. We are really focusing on numbers 1-5 trying to ensure that the children have a secure understanding of these numbers.

The children used the language of ‘more than’, ‘fewer than’ and ‘the same as’. Some children extended this learning and began to discuss ‘equal’.

Bubble Painting

Whilst playing in the bubbles this week one child told her friend that she has painted with bubbles at home. We did some research and decided to do our own bubble art. The children had lots of fun but made a huge mess! Luckily lots of the children in reception are very good at tidying up so they soon had the classroom cleaned up.

Thank you for all of your support during our first half term. Have a fabulous holiday!

The Reception Team

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Harvest Festival, Sorting and a Special Visitor

October 18, 2019 at 4:20 pm

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Phonics

We have introduced tricky word ‘no’ this week. The children really enjoyed answering ‘NO!’ when asked if they could remember the word of the week.

The sounds that we have focused on are ‘g’ ‘o’ ‘c’ and ‘k’. Mrs Spencer had a very special visitor for us beginning with ‘K’ can you child remember who it was?

Maths

In maths this week we have been sorting by shape, colour, size and number. The children found lots of opportunities to demonstrate these skills during their choosing time.

Ice Cream Parlour

When we had some new sand scoops delivered some of the children thought they looked like scoops they would use for ice cream. They decided they’d like to transform the role play area into an ice cream parlour. We started with tissue paper ‘ice cream’ but, later in the week, the children decided to make some play dough to use.

In the craft area, they made cones and lollies to add to the shelves and enjoyed selling all sorts of treats to their friends. This provided us with lots of opportunities to talk about healthy eating. The children decided that ice cream every day might sound like fun but would probably give them a tummy ache! Most children could explain that ice cream was ok as an occasional treat.

Apple Cakes

Some children visited the orchid to collect juicy apples for our cakes. We carefully peeled and cut the apples before placing them into a cake mixture. We discussed healthy eating and not having too much sugar. The children really enjoyed tasting them!

Harvest Festival

School Trip Reminder

We need to politely remind parents/carers that our school trip is on Wednesday. We still have some children who are yet to be given permission. If this is not received these children will not be able to attend. If you have paid on ParentPay there is no need to return the paper form. Thank you to the parents/carers who have volunteered to support the trip. We will be sending volunteer packs out on Monday. If anyone else would like to offer their assistance then please notify the Reception team.

Have a fabulous weekend,

The Reception Team

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Lots of Maths in Nursery

October 18, 2019 at 2:34 pm

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This week we introduced the children to some shape resources and let them investigate them independently as well as supporting them to use them and modelling making patterns. The children really enjoyed this resource and lots of them were able to name some of the shapes they used. Some children made simple patterns whilst others spent a long time making very intricate designs…

Shape work was also evident in other areas of provision..

Other children were interested in numbers this week…

Autumn

Earlier in the week some children went on a walk around our school grounds to look at the changes which happen in Autumn…

The children later made pictures using leaves they found and conkers children had collected on their walks at home…

This weekend you could go on a walk with your child and look at the changes which happen in Autumn. You could collect leaves to use for leaf printing next week in Nursery.

Have a lovely weekend, from the Nursery team.

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Autumn in Reception

October 11, 2019 at 3:14 pm

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Phonics

This week in Phonics we have learnt the tricky work ‘to’. We have focused on the phonemes for m, d and g. Try asking your child if they can remember the actions. If they can’t, don’t worry. We have attached a video to help you.

Maths

Maths has been lots of fun! The children have been looking at lots of different ways to represent the number 5. We have had lots of sorting activities which have supported the children to group by; colour, shape, size and so on. You may like to have a go at home too.

Muddy fun!

PE

We had lots of fun during PE. The children played different games using a parachute.

Can we please ask parents to support their children in learning how to dress and undress as we are still taking quite a long time.

Seasons

This week the children have shown an interest in the different seasons. We discussed all four seasons before focusing on Autumn. The children enjoyed creating their own Autumn themed pictures and hunting for Autumn treasures.

Lots of children are excited to visit Leeds Light Night. We would love to see the photos. Whatever you are doing we hope you have an enjoyable weekend.

The Reception Team

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